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How Much Do Of Your County’s Cropland Is Owned By Foreign Landlords?

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Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture (236-page PDF)

Foreign investors held an interest in nearly 37.6 million acres of U.S. agricultural land (forest land and farm land) as of December 31, 2020. This is an increase of over 2.4 million acres from the December 31, 2019 report and represents 2.9 percent of all privately held agricultural land in the United States.


These and other findings are based on information submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in compliance with the Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act of 1978. Forest land accounted for 46 percent of all reported foreign-held acreage, cropland for 29 percent, pasture and other agricultural land for 23 percent, and non-agricultural land for 2 percent. Foreign holdings of U.S. agricultural land increased modestly from 2009 through 2015, increasing an average of 0.8 million per year. Since 2015, foreign holdings have increased an average of nearly 2.2 million acres annually, ranging from 0.8 million acres to 3.3 million acres per year.